Butterflied Roast Chicken with Lemon and Rosemary


This butterflied roast chicken with lemon and rosemary is tender and juicy, and there's lots of crispy golden skin to enjoy. By removing the backbone with a knife or kitchen scissors to flatten the chicken, it cooks quicker and more evenly and the breast meat doesn't dry out. Butterflied chicken is especially good on the grill.

close up view of Butterflied Roast Chicken garnished with Lemon and Rosemary on a platter
Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
50 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil, or as needed

  • 1 (3 pound) whole chicken, backbone removed

  • kosher salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • 1 lemon, sliced into rounds

  • 4 sprigs fresh rosemary

  • ½ cup white wine


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Line a rimmed baking pan with aluminum foil. Place a rack on top of foil.

  2. Rub olive oil on both sides of chicken and generously season with salt and black pepper. Arrange lemon slices and rosemary on the rack and place chicken, skin-side up, onto the rack.

  3. Roast in the preheated oven until no longer pink at the bone and the juices run clear, 45 to 55 minutes. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh, near the bone should read 165 degrees F (74 degrees C).

  4. Transfer chicken to a serving platter and tent a piece of aluminum foil over it. Discard lemon and rosemary and remove rack.

  5. Pour wine into the baking pan and gently loosen the bits of food in the pan with a wooden spoon, being careful not to tear the foil. Strain pan juices into a saucepan and bring to a boil; cook until sauce is slightly reduced, about 5 minutes. Spoon sauce over chicken.


Chicken broth can be used in place of white wine.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

283 Calories
12g Fat
3g Carbs
37g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 283
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 12g 15%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 114mg 38%
Sodium 178mg 8%
Total Carbohydrate 3g 1%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 37g
Vitamin C 14mg 70%
Calcium 34mg 3%
Iron 2mg 10%
Potassium 354mg 8%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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